U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 is your local Auxiliary group, based in the West Chester/Paoli PA area. Our Flotilla was Chartered 5/10/1972. We meet monthly (4th Thursday 7:30 pm) at the Paoli Presbyterian Church on South Valley Road in Paoli. All welcome. RSVP to: jackmorrison-uscga49@verizon.net. Annual Dues: $50.00

About the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

PRELUDE

Tens-of-thousands of men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (the Auxiliary) have spent millions of volunteer hours helping the U.S. Coast Guard (the Coast Guard) carry out its mission. They have saved countless lives through their work and are probably best known for their boating safety classes and Vessel Safety Checks.

Here we present a broad knowledge of the Auxiliary, as we become an increasingly important member of "Team Coast Guard" - the combined Active, Reserve, Auxiliary and Civilian components of the Coast Guard.

HISTORY

When the Coast Guard "Reserve" was authorized by act of Congress on June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard was given a legislative mandate to use civilian volunteers to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation's navigable waters. The Coast Guard Reserve was then a non-military service comprised of unpaid, volunteer U.S. citizens who owned motorboats or yachts.

Two years later, on Feb. 19, Congress amended the 1939 act with passage of the Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941. Passage of this act designated the Reserve as a military branch of the active service, while the civilian volunteers, formerly referred to as the Coast Guard Reserve, became the Auxiliary. So, February 19 is formally recognized as the birth of the Coast Guard Reserve while June 23 is recognized as birthday of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

When America entered World War II, 50,000 Auxiliary members joined the war effort. They guarded waterfronts, carried out coastal picket patrols, rescued survivors from scuttled ships and did anything else they were asked to do. Many of their private vessels were placed into service.

After the war, Auxiliarists resumed their recreational boating safety duties. The Auxiliary's four cornerstones - Vessel Examination, Education, Operations and Fellowship - were established and remained the Auxiliary's pillars into the 1990s. Today, the four cornerstones are defined as follows:

* Member Services

* Recreational Boating Safety

* Operations and Marine Safety

* Fellowship

The well-known Vessel Safety Check, a free examination available to any recreational boater, helps boaters ensure their craft complies with Federal boating regulations.

As for Education, the Auxiliary teaches boating safety to recreational boaters of all ages.

The Auxiliary operates safety and regatta patrols and is an integral part of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue team. Auxiliarists also stand communication watches, assist during mobilization exercises, perform harbor and pollution patrols, provide platforms for unarmed boarding parties and recruit new people for the Service.

Following passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996. The Auxiliary assists the Coast Guard, as authorized by the Commandant, in performance of any Coast Guard function, duty, role, mission or operation authorized by law.

ORGANIZATION

The Auxiliary has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. Membership is open to men and women, 17 years or older, U.S. citizens of all states and territories, civilians or active duty or former members of any of the uniformed services and their Reserve components, including the Coast Guard. Facility (radio station, boat or aircraft) ownership is desirable but not mandatory.

We're 36 USCGA49 Members

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2015 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, December 24, 2015 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:00 PM

    Division Meeting

    1 USCGA49 Members attending
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:30 PM

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 49 Monthly Meeting

    3 USCGA49 Members attending
 
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Jack Morrison, Aleda Fehr, Moria Wikstrom-Fischer
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